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. IDEALS OF LIFE
them the spirit of jollity prevails as it did in Chaucer's times, and tales are told on the way like those Chaucer recorded,
Hence, thirdly, it provides the Chinese with a chance to enjoy mountain scenery, for most Buddhist temples are situated
on high mountains at scenic spots. It is the one little pleasure the Chinese allow themselves in their' usual humdrum everyday life. • They arrive and put up in what seem to be .superior
hotel rooms, and drink tea and gossip with the monks. The .monks are polite conversationalists, they offer good vegetarian dinners and reap an enormous sum in their coffers. The' pilgrims then go home with freshened spirits and 'renewed. energy for their exacting daily routine. Who can deny that Buddhism has an important place in the scheme of Chinese life?